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Headlines: Man Set On Fire On Pasadena Metro; Andy Dick Arrested In O.C. on Suspicion of Felony Sexual Battery

7:23 AM PDT on May 12, 2022

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Welcome to L.A. TACO’s daily news briefs, where we bring our loyal members, readers, and supporters the latest headlines about Los Angeles politics and culture. Stay informed and look closely.

—A North Carolina man named Rob Greenfield is wearing a suit weighted with 100 pounds of trash around L.A. this month to spread awareness of the 5 pounds of trash the average person creates each day. [ABC]

—Reid Detmers, a 22-year-old rookie for the Angels, pitched a no-hitter on Tuesday night. [ESPN]

—Kendrick Lamar is being accused of stealing the idea for his new video, which finds the rapper transforming into different famous men using deep fake technology, from a New Jersey rapper named AK. [HipHopDX]

—A federal appeals court struck down California's law that prohibits the sale of semiautomatic firearms to anyone under 21 years of age on Wednesday. [CNN]

—At least 20 homes were destroyed in Laguna Nigel on Wednesday by an active fire. SoCal Edison has indicated it had what it calls "circuit activity" at the time the blaze started. [CBS]

—A fire also burned a half-acre of grass and trees in Boyle Heights. [CBS]

—Vivian Villanueva, the wife of L.A. Sheriff Alex Villanueva and an LASD sergeant herself, is said to have an "unusual role" and influence within the department. [LAT]

—Comedian Andy Dick was arrested on suspicion of felony sexual battery yesterday in an Orange County campground. [NBC]

—Maria Alyokhina, one of the founders of Pussy Riot and a perpetually imprisoned foe of Vladimir Putin's, escaped Russia while disguised as a food delivery worker this week, with the help of other artists and activists. [El Pais]

—A woman reportedly sprayed lighter fluid on a man and set him on fire on the Metro L line in Pasadena on Saturday, sending him to the hospital. [PSN]

—A civil suit filed against L.A. dispensary Jungle Boys alleges they were fired for standing up to a workplace culture that included gender discrimination, unpaid wages, and illegal work conditions. While the business says they were fired for drinking on the job. [Leafly]

—A man was arrested yesterday after allegedly killing a woman in the San Fernando Valley and calling her death in as a suicide. [KTLA]

—Landmark Theatres' Pico location inside the Westside Pavillion will close. [LAT]

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